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By Johana Leroy
« How could I be involved in Volunteering? That is the question that puts me seeking for replies.
1. Which youth organisations can I contact ?
European Confederention of Youth Clubs (ECYC), European Youth of Volunteers Alliance(EYV), the European Volunteer Centre(CEV), Youth in Action (YIA), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), International Volonteering Service (SVI or IVS), European Volonteering Service (SVE or EVS).
2. What are they doing ?
Aims to empower young people through open youth work and non-formal learning in order to promote democratic and civil society and to encourage young people to be actively involved in their communities.
For more info, such as a Resource Bank, go to the ECYC website :www.ecyc.org
The Alliance of European Voluntary Service Organisations is an International Non-Governmental Youth Organisation that represents national organisations which promote intercultural education, understanding and peace through voluntary service.
The Alliance, founded in 1982, is presently made up of full, associate and candidate members in Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, South Korea, Spain (Spain and Catalunya), Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
Each member organisation runs an annual programme of International Volunteer Projects in their own country and exchanges volunteers with each other to create an international group of volunteer workers on each project.
For info : http://www.alliance-network.eu/
Europe Union Center for Volunteering is the European network of 88 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe, that work together to support and promote voluntary activity.
Through this network, they reach out to over 17,000 volunteer organisations, associations and other voluntary and community groups. CEV channels the collective priorities and concerns of its member organisations to the institutions of the European Union.
It also acts as a central forum for the exchange of policy, practice and information on volunteering.
You want to volunteer, check their website :http://www.cev.be/28-you_want_to_volunteer-EN.html
Youth In Action is a partnership between youth, adults, and community where young people are at the forefront of creating positive social change.
YIA based on the belief that youth have the right to be involved in decision-making and social change projects that affect their own community.YIA goes beyond the traditional after-school program model, which aims to “keep kids safe” by involving them in activities.
In addition to having a safe and welcoming place to go after school, youth spend their time engaging in activities that promote critical thinking, leadership, and community action.
Ckeck out their website : http://www.youthinactionri.org/programs
For any question, please contact them by email : email@example.com
ERDF : to finance your projects
ERDF resources are mainly used to cofinance:
- productive investment leading to the creation or maintenance of jobs;
- local development initiatives and the business activities of small and medium-sized enterprises.
In practice, all development areas are covered: transport, communication technologies, energy, the environment, research and innovation, social infrastructure, training, urban redevelopment and the conversion of industrial sites, rural development, the fishing industry, tourism and culture.
Whether you are an ordinary citizen, the director of a company, a member of a local development association or a local official, perhaps you have a project which might benefit from ERDF support? If so, you may wish to consult the summaries of the regional programmes currently being implemented.
Is a Belgian pluralistic youth organization run by and for young people, by and for volunteers. Apolitical, with no religious affiliation, the SVI is open to all and everyone, without discrimination of nationality, race, philosophy, financial resources, education or sexual orientation.
The association works mainly in the field of international volunteerism, but also in the areas of solidarity tourism and intercultural exchanges between young Europeans and the rest of the world.
Their actions are to : promote a more just society in peace and solidarity, break cultural misunderstandings between people and nations, inform and act on environmental issues, promote public education and non-formal education, contribute into reducing poverty and strengthening the Rights of Men and Women, educate and involve the youth in projects of international solidarity and development cooperation, encourage the youth to participate actively in the life of the society in which they are a part, support and encourage exchanges between voluntary organizations and the youth in developing countries, promote European and international citizenship.
Ckeck out their website : http://www.servicevolontaire.org/ or to find internship, vacancy
EVS or SVE
Are you between 18 and 30 and willing to spend from two up to 12 months abroad as an EVS volunteer? The European Voluntary Service provides young Europeans with the unique chance to express their personal commitment through unpaid and full-time voluntary activities in a foreign country within or outside the EU. In this way, it seeks to develop solidarity, mutual understanding and tolerance among young people, thus contributing to reinforcing social cohesion in the European Union and to promoting young people’s active citizenship.
All infos for volunteering : http://ec.europa.eu/youth/youth-in-action-programme/european-voluntary-service_en.htm